Sunday March 7 - off to DFW airport at 7:30am. We hooked up with our friends Karolyn and Tony in terminal D, grabbed some breakfast and boarded the plane. While taking in the view out the airplane window the land looked much drier than I expected.... interesting..... A book, headphones, an in flight movie (Where the Wild Things Are - blah) and we arrive at Liberia Costa Rica to bright sunshine, warm winds and an hour in line to go through immigration. Really, we stood there for an hour to get INTO Costa Rica. We felt like cattle. Once through that madness, we found our van driver right outside the gates, loaded up in the Toyota van and headed to the resort. Again... much much drier than we imagined. Ray even commented that it looked like central to western Texas... and it did.
We may have been missing our NASCAR race on TV but our driver made up for it in the ride to the Paradisus! He was crazy! But, we got there in one piece.
The Paradisus Playa Conchal is behind a gated secured area and the grounds were amazing. Flowers, foliage, birds....everywhere. Check in was quick and virtually painless and we found out that the other half of our group was all checked in and they had put us all together in the same building/bungalow.
After getting semi settled we headed out to find the rest of the crew down at the pool. Not an easy task, the place and the pool area is huge. The pool and area was beautiful and just steps from teh exit out to the beach. Ray and I headed out to check out the bay and beach area and he took a few trys at bodysurfing which he loves. We headed back to our friends only to find our beach bag gone, missing, no where around. In the bag was our wallets, room keys, my new watch.... Communcating with the front desk, attempting to contact security, finally getting the manager on duty, spending 3 hours canceling credit cards over international lines was NOT the way we wanted to spend our first evening in paradise. Luckily we had brought plenty of cash which we had put in the safe along with our passports. Not in the mood to be happy and carefree at dinner with the rest of the group, we ordered room service and had a couple of drinks in our room. Needless to say, not happy. About the time our burgers were delivered the phone rang and Melina, the manager on duty was calling to tell us our bag had miraculously appeared. They brought the bag and everything was there. hmmmmm..... we didn't ask where it came from, who had it... just glad it was there, even if we still had no credit cards since we had CANCELED THEM! We ate our burgers and fries (quite good by the way) in our room.....